Strong Defensive Effort Sparks Men's Basketball to 61-30 Win Over Trinity

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Allen Williamson '13 had 12 points and six rebounds in Amherst's win over Trinity.

HARTFORD, Conn. - The seventh-ranked Amherst men’s basketball team used a stellar defensive effort en route to a big 61-30 win over NESCAC rival Trinity at Ray Oosting Gymnasium in Hartford, Conn.

Surrendering just 11 field goals, including four in the second half, the Bantams’ 30 points are the fewest Amherst has ever allowed to a conference opponent in NESCAC play.

Winners of four-straight, the Jeffs, who also extended their win streak over Trinity to six, improved to 17-2 overall on the season with a 6-0 league ledger, while the Bantams fell to 10-9 (2-4 NESCAC).

Trailing 6-5 in the early going after a Chris Applegate ’12 layup, the Lord Jeffs rattled off nine unanswered, going up 14-6 at the 13:57 mark on a pair of David Waller ’12 (Tampa, Fla.) free-throws.

Trinity’s Cameron Sutton ’13 ended nearly a five-minute scoring drought with a layup at 13:46, but Amherst responded with eight-straight points to build a 14-point cushion. Aaron Toomey ’14 (Greensboro, N.C.) got the run started with a layup at 12:20 before a David Kalema ’14 (Burke, Va.) bucket coupled with back-to-back Allen Williamson ’13 (Saugus, Mass.) baskets stretched the lead to 22-8.

Varun Ram ’15 momentarily stemmed the surging Jeff tide with a jumper just under the seven minute mark, but the visitors once again responded, this time converting five-straight from the charity stripe to build a 17-point margin with 3:46 left before the half.

Down 31-14 coming out of the intermission, Trinity’s Eric Dean ’14 opened up the scoring in the second by hitting 1-of-2 from the free throw line. The Lord Jeffs answered by netting six of the game’s next seven points to go up 21 on a Willy Workman ’13 (Northampton, Mass.) layup at 15:53.

The Bantams’ George Papadeas ’15 hit the home team’s first field goal of the second half 6:07 into the frame to make it 37-18, but Amherst put together a 16-2 stretch over a 6:47 span to go push their advantage to 33, all but sealing the Lord Jeff victory.

Taylor Barrise ’12 (Allendale, N.J.) got the decisive run started with a jumper at 12:27 before a Jeff Holmes ’12 (Saunderstown, R.I.) layup and six-straight Williamson points made it 47-18.

Ram connected down low for the Bantams’ first points in nearly three minutes before Workman scored five of the game’s next six points to cap the Jeff streak.

Williamson led Amherst with 12 points and six rebounds, while Workman finished with 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting, adding four assists, three rebounds and three steals. Toomey chipped in with 10 points, while Barrise had eight points, connecting on a pair from long distance.

Ram led Trinity with six points, while Leonard Chenfeld ’14 and Alex Conaway ’15 combined for 10 points and three rebounds.

Amherst held Trinity to just 21.2 percent (11-for-52) shooting, including a 0-for-21 clip from beyond the arc.

The Lord Jeffs, who held a 36-33 rebounding edge while forcing 19 Bantam turnovers, return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 31 against Rhode Island College.